Meaning of transform

trans•form

Pronunciation: (v.trans-fôrm'n.trans'fôrm), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
  2. to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
  3. to change into another substance; transmute.
    1. to increase or decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of an alternating-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
    2. to decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of a direct-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
  4. to change the form of (a figure, expression, etc.) without in general changing the value.
  5. to change into another form of energy.
—v.i.
  1. to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed.
—n.
    1. a mathematical quantity obtained from a given quantity by an algebraic, geometric, or functional transformation.
    2. the transformation itself.
  1. the result of a transformation.
  2. a transformation.
  3. transformation (def. 5).
  4. a structure derived by a transformation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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